Important Update on Residence Life Operating Status Regarding COVID-19

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University Break Hall Information

Travel Advisory and Mandatory Quarantine 

If you choose to travel away from campus for either break, note that under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the Governor of New Jersey, individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states on the NJ Travel Advisory List must quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation. If this applies to you, you will be placed in quarantine housing for the first 14 days of your return to campus.

Residents will be receiving an email with instructions for notifying Residence Life of your Thanksgiving and Winter Break travel plans.

Prepare Your Space 

If you choose to leave campus for any part of either break, please review all the checklist items to properly prepare your space for any duration of time to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Dining Halls

Please note that dining halls will be closed for university break periods.


If you have questions, please reach out to a Residence Life staff member such as your Resident Assistant or Residence Life Coordinator. We also have staff available who are able to respond to questions via email or by phone. Please send your questions to or call 848-445-0750.

The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are our highest priorities and we thank you for working with us to help keep health and safety a community effort! 

Thanksgiving Break Information

All halls remain open during Thanksgiving and Winter break. If you plan on vacating your space for the entirety of Thanksgiving Recess, please adhere to the checklist below. Go to Checklist

Will all residence halls remain open for Thanksgiving Recess?

All residence halls at Rutgers University–New Brunswick will remain open for the Thanksgiving Recess. This is being done as a courtesy to those students who live beyond a drive to campus, or those who have work or other obligations in the New Brunswick/Piscataway area during the three-day recess period.

Certain residence halls have always stayed open during university recess periods for example all apartments and two or three halls on each campus.  Students who needed to remain on campus during breaks were asked to sign up for these spaces. Over the last several years, the number of students who realized that they needed to remain on campus for Thanksgiving Break increased beyond what we could accommodate at the last minute. Thus, this year, residence life is able to keep all halls open for Thanksgiving recess.

What residence life staff will be available to me?

Resident Assistants (RAs), Hall Directors, Residence Life Coordinators, Directors, and more remain on-call, staff a duty rotation throughout the break.

What are my dining options?

Because there are so few students who remain on campus, Rutgers Dining Services has historically never been opening during university Thanksgiving recess. Students may check the the dining hall website for more information. Students remaining on campus may prepare for Thursday (when fewer delivery options may be available) by taking an extra meal from the dining hall or other places, or obtain food items which can be reheated in microwaves. In addition, a list of local restaurants that accept RUExpress that operate during the holiday recess hours can be found below.

Staying on campus during the break?

The list of restaurants below accept RUExpress and are operating during the holiday recess. You may be able to order from a number of other establishments in the local area via your preferred method of food delivery service. Please always contact the restaurant directly to confirm business hours and during inclement weather.

Restaurant Name Thanksgiving Hours Delivery
Douglass Pizza

298 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Pickup Hours: Thurs. 11AM-12AM Fri.-Sat. 11AM-1AM Sun. 12PM-12AM

Delivery Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 11AM-11PM Sun. 12PM-11PM



55 US-1, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Thurs. 12PM-11PM

Fri-Sun. 11AM-1AM



1340 Centennial Ave, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Closes 3PM Thursday 11/28

Re-opens 7AM Friday 11/29

24 Hours otherwise


Knight’s Express Pizza

43A Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Thurs.-Sat. 8AM-4AM

Sun. 9AM-3AM


Papa John’s

65 Raritan Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904

Carryout Hours: Thurs.-Sun. 10:30AM-12:25AM

Delivery Hours: Thurs.-Sun. 10:30AM-12:45AM


The Halal Guys

37 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Thurs.-Sat. 11AM-3AM

Sun. 11AM-2AM


Know Before You Go - Checklist

Prior leaving your space, please consult and complete the following closing checklist in its entirety. This helps to ensure that all students may return to a warm and welcoming community after break. If you have any questions, please contact your Residence Life staff. For questions about the cost and availability of break housing, please contact

  Room interior must be clean (to avoid pests)

  Pack any important items (laptop, books, identification cards, passport, medication, etc..)

  All original university furnishings must be inside room

  Clean out (micro)fridge

  Submit work order requests for facilities concerns (if applicable)

   Empty all trash/recycle receptacles in proper disposal areas

  All windows are closed and securely locked and window blinds completely open

  All thermostats are set to 68 degrees (if applicable)

  If your room is a double, and you do not have a roommate, the furniture must be returned to its original condition (in the event that you are assigned a new roommate)

  Turn off all lights and electronics


  Close and lock room/apartment door


  Bring back your key and RUConnection card back with you after break so you may re-enter your room and building

Additional Resources

Staying on campus over break? During University recess periods, hours at the recreation centers, dining facilities, student centers, health centers, and bus schedules may be subject to change. Please consult the respective department’s websites for up-to-date information regarding hours and available services during the break period.  Below you’ll find links to several resources from a listing of area restaurants to on campus events and more (Please note that individual business hours are subject to change during certain holidays. Contact the business directly for their hours):












Building List

Halls listed below remain open during University Winter and Spring recess periods. The corresponding phone numbers are to contact the resident/apartment assistant on duty (8PM-8:30AM and 24 hours on the weekend). For emergencies, contact 911 or for non-emergency campus concerns, contact Rutgers University Police Department at 732-932-7211.

JUDSON/THOMAS   732-991-9230
JOHNSON/NICHOLS  848-202-0543

LIVINGSTON APTS. A 732-289-5611
LIVINGSTON APTS. B 908-239-8542
LIVINGSTON APTS. C 732-839-5712

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